Victory – for Now – as Fox Hunting Vote Is Shelved

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Today, hundreds of compassionate people outside Parliament protested against plans to bring back fox hunting.

Fox Hunting Protest July 2015_miniAnd just as our rally – which brought together Save Me Trust, PETA, the RSPCA, the League Against Cruel Sports, Born Free, LUSH and Humane Society International and others, as well as rock legend Brian May – was getting underway, we heard the news that the government has cancelled tomorrow’s free vote on amending the Hunting Act!

Fox Hunting Protest Brian May_miniThis is huge, and shows that our voices are being heard. In addition to the crowd that turned out in Westminster today, tens of thousands of people, from every constituency in the country, have written to their MPs urging them to vote against any plans to weaken the hunting ban. Thank you to everyone who has taken action so far.

Fox Hunting Protest July 2015 (2)_mini

The cancelled vote threatened to overturn a ban on hunting with more than two dogs – a decision that would doom countless animals to the terror of long, exhausting chases that typically end only when they’ve been torn apart. Claims that the vote was to bring England and Wales in line with Scotland are now defunct, given that MSPs are calling on Holyrood to amend Scottish hunting legislation to limit hunting to two dogs.

“Hunters are a minority who like to make animals suffer in the name of ‘sport’. They don’t represent the countryside.”

– Tom Quinn, League Against Cruel Sports

Today’s postponement is worthy of celebration. But the campaign isn’t over yet. We’re now calling on the government to cancel the vote altogether and accept that cruel intentions have been rejected by the public. Politicians must not play games with Britain’s animals. With your help, we will continue to campaign against any weakening of these laws. As Brian May said when he addressed the crowd, “We’ve won the battle but not the war”.

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Comments

  • Richard Wells commented on July 14, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    Good news for now but it will be back when Cameron has his ‘English votes for English Laws’ bill through Parliament and the SNP excluded.

    • Ella Stewart commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:53 pm

      I am from Texas, USA. This is a message for the British Parliament: Historically, your government has been a leader in so many ways: your country led the fight the abolition of slavery, yours has been among the first to have a more global, inclusive society, and your country is the one the world looks to as an example of how to move forward. PLEASE come through again and speak out against animal cruelty—it is crucial—its not just about the foxes–its a fight to save whole species around the world in danger. It represents a much larger, global tragedy.

      • Debra Tuffs commented on August 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm

        Dear Ella,

        Thank you o much for your kindness and compassion.

        Can you rally friends, family and colleagues to join you n your support?

        Many thanks

    • Dave and Rita Cross commented on August 8, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      We are pleased that the vote to overturn a ban on fox hunting is delayed temporarily! This is a brutal and barbaric “sport” which has no place in a modern society! The need to see animals chased down and then torn apart is not “sport” but an appetite for gore with no respect or compassion for animals!

      We urge you to cancel all fox hunting permanently when the next election happens! We thank you kindly for your effort to do the right thing!

  • khesha patel commented on July 14, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Please do not bring fox hunting back into normality. It disgusts me to know that people are even considering the awful act to come about again. Its vile and only uneducated/ignorant people will consider it as a hobby and/or natural. But as a matter of fact its cruel, selfish and cruel to the foxes. Leave the foxes alone! Its there world as much as it is ours! They are harmless…learn from them or leave them alone.

    • K Grober commented on July 18, 2015 at 12:42 pm

      Very well said….Its there world as much as it ours!

      • John Price commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:18 pm

        THEIR WORLD! When will people learn the difference between There, Their and they’re?

    • Debra Tuffs commented on August 6, 2015 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you for being kind and caring.

    • Elizabeth Evans commented on August 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      Thankyou for those kind words.
      We as a nation still have a lot to do. It seems on the surface that we are animal lovers but there is still a lot of cruelty. Just watch dog rescue and you’ll see.

  • Jan Bardill commented on July 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm

    We did not vote you back in to carry on like Neanderthals! 21st century remember

    • Gareth commented on July 23, 2015 at 11:49 pm

      I’m pleased to say I didn’t vote for them! I’m in the 64% who didn’t vote for this government. they have contempt for human life so what change do animals have? The people who support such barbarity sicken me every minute or every single day.

      • Janet Sullivan commented on August 6, 2015 at 9:00 pm

        Well said and furthermore they do not listen to the voice of the people. They choose to do whatever they wish regardless of the opposition of politicians both within and without their party and the British public as a whole. The overwhelming request is that we ban hunting, and cut the badger cull – but will they listen? No their only aim is to pander to the wealthy few.

  • Annie Tilley commented on July 14, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    I contact my MP James Grey Twice, the response was the same, he is all for Fox Hunting to get rid of this Vermin.
    I would love to chase him with a pack of angry people.

  • jacqueline huckle commented on July 14, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    No words come close !

  • tracy minton commented on July 14, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    please ban fox hunting altogether, pregnant or not they don’t deserve to die like this, scared and exhausted.

  • LINDA BADHAM commented on July 14, 2015 at 10:09 pm

    A SIGH OF RELIEF FOR THE TIME BEING . SO MANY PEOPLE PROTESTED IN ALL WAYS INCLUDING THE SNP ! THANK GOD AND WE WILL FIGHT AGAINST SUCH BARBARIC HEINOUS CRUELTY ALWAYS !!

  • coral dodsworth commented on July 14, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    This is heartwarming news!

  • Isla ballantyne commented on July 14, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    Just thankyou

  • Judie barrington commented on July 15, 2015 at 1:59 am

    im disgusted that a sport is made from cruelty to animals ! Sickens me and all those…..including Cameron…..who want to bring this back !! I am ashamed, disgusted and shocked by those that try to convince that what they do is just !!!! I would like to hunt them down and have them ripped to pieces themselves…….disgusting low life !!!

  • MARIA CAMILLERI commented on July 15, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Wonderful news. There is no excuse for deliberately causing the suffering of an animal as a sport

  • mandy smith commented on July 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Unfortunately, we have a Prime minister who is a great fan of Blood Sports which he fully admits.. and whilst he still remains in power, the fox hunting ban will always be under threat, it’s like I noticed that there are certain animals where there is a chance of re-introduction back into this country, this on its own is wonderful news, but when you look at which animals these are, you’ll notice its creatures that sadly were number one on a blood sport hunters list of animals to kill for the pure hell of it, with the attempt at trying to bring back fox hunting, it makes it easy for me to believe that the government only want to bring these type of animals back just to give these rich, soulless non-human beings a choice in there ability to be allowed to hunt in our fields and woodlands once again..

    • Barb commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

      Spot on

  • Kam Sihota commented on July 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    It is unbelievable that the leader of a nation enjoys killing a creature for sport. If he has no compassion for the life of an innocent animal, and revels in watching it ripped apart, then what kind of leader has been elected? In my experience, a person who has no compassion for animals, has no compassion for humanity either. As an individual such a person is an abomination. As a leader of a country… well, I will let you decide for yourself. Scary!!!

    • Ali Kane commented on August 27, 2015 at 6:09 am

      Kam, could not agree more, you are 100% right!

  • Kate commented on August 4, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    David Cameron has condemned the murder of Cecil the Lion, and has said he wants to stop international wildlife hunting, yet wishes to repeal the hunting act because people should ‘have the right to hunt’???? What about the rights of the foxes to, y’know, not be ripped to fucking shreds by 4-8 abused and starving dogs? Hunting dogs were often starved and abused to make them more aggressive so they would go after the fox. It breaks my heart to know that a heartless bastard is the leader of this country, I am ashamed to call myself British

  • MARY LOUGHLIN commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Foxes can be controlled in a more humane manner if essential.
    Everybody knows that hunting is primatrily for fun..a blood sport and such a sport has no place in any civilized society.

  • heidi ahlstrand commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    stop this now

  • Barb commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:46 pm

    Message to David Cameron: This world is not all about you. What we want is a better kinder global world and you are in a position to guide us there.
    Unfortunately, you are going in the wrong direction; wanting changes to fox hunting laws. What low-level life can enjoy the blood curdling frenzy of watching an animal scream in pain and fear as it is being torn apart limb by limb in front of their eyes? It is sadistic. It is beneath what we would expect of a PM Leading the UK people.

  • Martin Kostyrka commented on August 6, 2015 at 4:54 pm

    It’s barbaric.

  • Simone Maarouf commented on August 6, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Ich hasse Tierquälerei !!!!!! LG Simone

  • GABRIELA VARGAS MARTÍNEZ commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:05 pm

    SÓLO LAS LEYES QUE PROHÍBAN ESTE TERRIBLE CRIMEN PUEDEN PARAR LA MATANZA. CUANDO COMO SERES HUMANOS, ACTUAMOS MAL, SON NECESARIOS LOS CASTIGOS Y LA REPRESIÓN, LO CUAL ES IMPORTANTE PARA QUE CREEN UNA INCOMODIDAD, UN VERDADERO PROBLEMA COMO CONSECUENCIA; SÓLO ASÍ VAMOS A CAMBIAR, ES LA FORMA EN LA QUE LOGRAREMOS TODOS POR IGUAL RESPETAR LAS REGLAS Y EL ORDEN. LA CACERÍA ES UNA ACCIÓN ARBITRARIA QUE PROPICIA EL ABUSO, LA CRUELDAD, LA AGRESIÓN Y EL CAOS ENTRE LOS VALORES DE UNA SOCIEDAD.

  • GABRIELA VARGAS MARTÍNEZ commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:07 pm

    FELICIDADES A PETA, UNA ORGANIZACIÓN VALIENTE Y VALIOSA PARA TODAS LAS SOCIEDADES. PETA ES UNA GRAN ORGANIZACIÓN, CUYA FUNCIÓN ES INDISPENSABLE PARA LOGRAR IMPULSAR MEJORES VIDAS, MEJORES SOCIEDADES Y UN MEJOR PLANETA; SU FUNCIÓN ES TRASCENDENTAL Y ES SEGURAMENTE APOYADA POR MILLONES DE PERSONAS COMO YO.

  • No Bull commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    A person is truly revealed by how they treat both animals and those less fortunate.

  • No Bull commented on August 6, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    A person is truly revealed by how they treat both animals and those less fortunate. Cruelty and misery be harvested by such people.

  • anita commented on August 6, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    It sickening the horrific cruelty I have seen on these petition sites. I struggle to imagine the evil of these people. WHY.? They all need to be stopped.

  • Shirin ighani commented on August 6, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Ban hunting of any animals – Traps should be illegal and prosecuted by law

  • Stephen Davis commented on August 6, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    Oscar Wilde put this barbaric act into perspective by calling foxhunting the sport of “The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable”. The Tories probably want it restored because Labour banned it. Time conservatives and their ineffectual leader wised up and stopped following their own pack of fools. It is a bloody sport, not a blood sport and those who practice it are beneath contempt.

  • Roger J Green commented on August 6, 2015 at 10:05 pm

    Say to a psychiatrist that you were going to dress up in a silly costume and chase foxes with dogs to tear them apart, and most would probably admit you for observation at least. Yet these backward people who have a long way to go to catch up with the rest of society call this sport. Foxes are harmless, unlike rabid Tories.

  • Stuart Davies commented on August 7, 2015 at 8:50 am

    I have serious concerns over the mental acuity of those who find pleasure and fun in the so called “blood sports”.
    Why is it that so many Tories are supporters of such barbaric activities.
    AND Emperor Camoron!!! This item is not for your personal aggrandisement. “Kingship” is what being in power is about – and that means “RULING WISELY”. Show the public you deserve your position without supporting abuse of those things under your control.

  • Sandy commented on August 7, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    God Bless all of the animal lovers out there & please keep your voices strong. This is a cause with many layers & dévastations. Humans have no rights on animals except to sustain them & treat them as members of our family. How these cruelties can go on still is beyond me.

  • pol commented on August 10, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    We DO NOT want to return to the last century!
    Move forward with animal welfare reforms or we will end up back in the dark ages. Fox-hunting is not a modern pastime and DO NOT allow it to become one!!
    No more parliamentary time needs to be spent discussing this old-fashioned idea.

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